Minneapolis man pleads guilty, is sentenced to 5 years for firearms charges after fatal bar shooting

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty on Tuesday and received a five-year prison sentence for illegally possessing a firearm in connection with a bar shooting that killed 37-year-old Kenneth Todd Rodriguez.

Court documents show that 43-year-old Patrick William Mincey pleaded guilty in exchange for a five-year sentence. He has credit for six days already served.

Court records show Mincey was charged with one count of illegal possession of a gun due to a prior felony conviction in December 2022.

On Dec. 3, 2022, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) were called to the scene of a shooting at Spring Street Tavern on the 300 block of Monroe Street northeast, according to a criminal complaint.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a bystander giving medical help to Rodriguez, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, the complaint added.

Officials say Mincey was arrested at the scene.

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The complaint states that Rodriguez approached Mincey, pulled a knife from a sheath he had on his belt, placed his hand on Mincey’s chest, and began arguing with him. Rodriguez then “chest bumped” Mincey, who took out a gun and fired one shot at Rodriguez.

Mincey was previously convicted of felony kidnapping in 1998 and second-degree assault and prohibited possession of a firearm in 2002.